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Hinduism - A short summary..



Why there are so many gods in Hinduism?

Generally Hindus believe in one Supreme God. But there are many devas who are praised in the religion. These devas are actually the life supporting powers. For example Sun, Moon, and Air without which the life cannot exist. God is called deva because It is the Thing on which even all these celestial powers survive on. In Hinduism these elements which make the life possible are praised along with the Very Essential God. This gives the feeling that Hindus believe in many gods.


Why I am Hindu?

Because I honour the ancient wisdom of my forefathers and the wisdom of Hindus who came before me, passed down countless generations. I gain enlightenment through reading my scriptures. I choose not to blindly follow narrow dogmas. If I want, I can discover the Ultimate Truth, God, by reading and meditating. I can read The Celestial Song (The Bhagavad-Gita), or the timeless Upanishads, or the writings of the spiritual masters of my own path or panth. After experiencing these scriptures and singing bhajans, I feel a calm energy that makes me feel connected with the entire universe. This enlightenment and common bond with all of humanity make me proud to be a Hindu. Because I practice my faith everyday, without running away from the world, when I help those who need help, I am practicing my faith. At work, at school, and at home, all I have to do is to meditate upon God and He is there! I am never alone.

These are the reasons why I am Hindu.


Who are Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara?

Hinduism is a religion with various Gods and Goddesses. According to Hinduism, three Gods rule the world. Brahma: the creator; Vishnu: the preserver, and Shiva: the destroyer. Lord Vishnu did his job of preserving the world by incarnating himself in different forms at times of crisis. The three Lords that rule the world have consorts and they are goddesses, too. Consort of Brahma is Saraswati; goddess of learning. Vishnu’s consort is Lakshmi; goddess of wealth and prosperity. Shiva’s consort is Parvati who is worshipped as Kali or Durga.

Besides these Gods and Goddesses there are a number of other Gods and Goddesses. To name a few of them: There is Ganesha, who as an elephant’s head and he is also a son of Shiva and Parvati; Hanuman, who has the shape of an ape; Surya, Lord of sun; Ganga Ma, Goddess of river Ganges; Samudra, Lord of the sea; Indra, king of the Gods; Prithvi, Goddess of earth; Shakti, Goddess of strength. The Hindus call their Goddesses ‘Ma’ meaning mother.




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